Senior Assistant Librarian for Collection Development

California State University, Long Beach, Senior Assistant Librarian for Collection Development

Recruitment #2485
Effective Date: On or about July 1, 2018
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MLIS or equivalent from an American Library Association-accredited program.
  • Minimum of two years of library experience (preferably in an academic setting).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the traditional and electronic scholarly publishing environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a collections budget and collection related projects.
  • Demonstrated experience using quantitative and/or qualitative data to inform rational decision-making.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills and proficiency in Microsoft Excel or equivalent tool(s).
  • Demonstrated effectiveness at providing research assistance in a library setting.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness at teaching information literacy skills and concepts in a library setting.
  • Demonstrated potential to fulfill the research activities and service commitments required for a tenure-track position in the Library.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and patrons, e.g. faculty, staff, and students.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience with electronic resources management, in one or more of the following areas: licensing, negotiating, vendor relations, collection analysis and assessment.
  • Familiarity with collections-related data standards, protocols, and tools such as COUNTER and SUSHI
  • Demonstrated knowledge of innovative or emerging technologies and ability to apply these concepts to library efforts.


  • Provide leadership in developing and sustaining collection development activities.
  • Assume chief responsibility for license and price negotiation, vendor relations, collection analysis and assessment, collection budget management, and consortial relations within the CSU.
  • Collaborate closely with all departments on collection issues including Technical Services, Access Services and the E-resources Coordinator.
  • Support the librarians on selection, acquisition, licensing, discovery, and marketing of collections, databases, and information tools and resources that enhance the curricular, research and mission of Long Beach State programs, and departments.
  • Utilize metrics and other evaluation criteria to support data-driven collection development decisions and to implement practices and tools to increase the efficiency of collection management.
  • Compile and analyze collection usage data from a variety of sources to inform decisions and comply with Library, campus, CSU, and national statistical reporting requirements.
  • Evaluate faculty and student requests to determine suitability for the collection, considering the collection development policy, date of published information, and product availability from library vendors.
  • Responds to suggestions and requests in a timely manner.
  • Provide in-person and online reference services at a service-oriented and all-purpose research and information services desk approximately 6 hours per week, including evenings and weekends.
  • Provide library instruction services to a department (or departments) to be specified upon hiring that complements the candidate’s subject background and experience.
  • Provide consultation services with faculty, staff, and students to a department (or departments) to be specified upon hiring that complements the candidate’s subject background and experience.
  • Serve as the Library’s subject specialist to a department (or departments) to be specified upon hiring that complements the candidate’s subject background and experience, which includes evaluating, selecting, and reviewing information resources in relation to curricular and collection needs.
  • Work closely with library faculty, staff, and other members of the University community as appropriate.
  • Engage in library and university governance and scholarship including research, scholarly and creative activities required for tenure and promotion.

Required Documentation:

  • A Student Success Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (approximately one page, single-spaced)
  • Letter of application addressing the minimum and desired/preferred qualifications
  • CV (including current email address)
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Copy of transcript from institution awarding highest degree
  • Finalists will also be required to submit a signed SC-1 form, three current letters of recommendation, and an official transcript

Electronic submissions are highly encouraged. All application materials should be sent as a single PDF document to:

Applications, required documentation, and/or requests for information should be addressed to:

Collection Development Librarian Search Committee
California State University, Long Beach
University Library
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-1901

562-985-7839 and/or

Application Deadline:

  • Review of applications to begin December 4, 2017
  • Position opened until filled (or recruitment canceled)

Employment Requirements:

  • A background check (including a criminal records check and telephone reference check with most recent employer) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
  • The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

Equal Opportunity Employer

CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, Vietnam era veteran status, or any other veteran’s status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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